35 before 35 – October 2019 – Update 12

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1. 76/105 new recipes

72. Roasted Veggie Farro Bowls with marinated cranberries and Salsa Verde Sunflower Pepitas (Hello Fresh) – DANG this was good. That arugula, that farro, those marinated cranberries and flavored pepitas!
73. Creamy Santa Fe Gemelli Bake with Hot Sauce (Hello Fresh) – This was like Mexican mac and cheese. Good but SO MUCH DAIRY. I would like to veganize it though.
74. Quick-Pickled Onions (Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) – These were super simple and they have become a regular thing! I just always have some in the fridge now, I put them on everything.
75. Carrot, Potato + Chickpea Red Curry (Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking by Dana Shultz) – This was a great, simple and flavorful curry.
76. Vegan Pumpkin Cake (https://lovingitvegan.com/vegan-pumpkin-cake/– This is really good, not too sweet, tasted a little muffin-y but like, I love that about it.

2. Bullet Journal 2019 

I finished my second bullet journal! So satisfying!!

4. Saturday movie nights

Established that movie night is movie night, Saturday or no. We have been watching movies a lot more lately! It’s movie season, between Halloween and Christmas, so it’s not a total shock, but I’m also happy to be watching more when I was watching so few at the start of this challenge!

34. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
35. The House that Dripped Blood
36. Missing Link
37. Interview with the Vampire
38. Transylvania 6-5000
39. The Witches of Eastwick
40. Darkness at Blaisdon
41. Ganja & Hess
42. Lady in the Water
43. Coraline
44. From Dusk till Dawn
45. Halloween (via The Last Drive-In Halloween Hootenanny!)
46. Monster House

13. Play more video games

That’s right my friends, here are SIXTY-SIX pretty No Man’s Sky pictures. IT’S SO PRETTY.

19. Cull wardrobe/take to goodwill


See all that floor space! It used to be full of boxes that needed to go to Goodwill! We got rid of so much stuff! And a lot of it was clothes.

20. Yoga Goals


I did NOT do much yoga in October. Maybe 2 or 3 times. But I liked this picture peeking at the TV above the couch.

21. One 365 day project

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Here are some favorites from October. All of them are available (public!) on my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/rachelakelso


NaNoWriMo 2017: Day 1

Ahh, so tired the day after Halloween, always so tired. But this was extra, I had bad cramps all day and zero motivation to either take down Halloween or work on my NaNoWriMo. I hadn’t done any of my usual October prep. I hadn’t assembled a list of people and place names, I hadn’t thought about it… at all, really. I still haven’t re-read No Plot? No Problem! or made a cute graph in my bullet journal.

I’ve been depressed, since last November really, it comes and goes in waves and I’m functioning and happy fairly often now, but it’s holding me down a bit. November and December are months filled with happy things I love and memories that hurt a lot. Every single thing is about finding a balance. I’m trying super hard.

In the evening, when Shaun was home and working on studying for his test the next morning, I managed to write for a bit and got 1,147 words, which is a start.

Here’s the last sentence I wrote:

Maybe there would be a friendly young face, not a beau, but a village girl to gossip with, someone her own age so that she wouldn’t be as lonely as her friends insisted she would be.

If you’re interested in daily excerpts, favorite lines and stuff, I’ll be posting them with my daily 365 photos on my Patreon at the $1 level. <3



1147 / 50000 words. 2% done!

Projects through the years: a year in photos 2013

2013 was an extra fun year. I crocheted A LOT, all year long. I upgraded the power supply, graphics card and RAM in my desktop which turned my computer into a wonderful piece of work, we got passports because we road tripped all the way to Canada, via Seattle, we spent about a month in the PNW, which was a total dream, my mama painted a beautiful tree for me and I felt really creatively fulfilled all year long. The full set is here, but these are my favorites:

January 1

February 9

February 20

February 23

March 2

March 7

March 14

March 20

April 6

April 22.

May 9

May 12

Day 1, May 28

Day 2, May 29

Day 5, June 1

Day 9, June 5

Day 14, June 10

Day 15, June 11

Day 16, June 12.

Day 17, June 13

Day 18, June 14

Day 26, June 22

Day 27, June 23

Day 28, June 24

July 5

July 12

July 27

August 19

August 20

August 26

August 31

September 28

October 1

October 21

November 5

november 28

December 3: Hat

December 7

December 10

December 14: Movement

December 18

December 28: sky

Halloween 2016: J.B. Fletcher

This Halloween costume, Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote, is literally one of the best things I have ever done in my entire life:

Murder, She Wrote

Well that's just ridiculous, no one would be fooled!

Put this one on the back of my next book.

Of course! He changed his shoes.

I don't trust computers!

300. a casual typewriter lounger

Now, that can't be right!

I'm forgetting my yankee hospitality, would you like some tea?


You're full of clam dip!

Oh! I didn't see you there.

I think you'll find, if you check the records...

A body! I'm still shocked when I find one, after all these years!

I'm so disappointed my lifelong friend is a murderer!

I'm disgusted, absolutely disgusted!

A wet Maine morning.

Oh, hello! We're friendly here in Cabot Cove. I see you left your gardening tools out in the yard, now why would you do that?

Oh no!

Not again!

Oh, it's delightful!

Murder, she Yoga

Halloween 2016: A Day in The Life of a Zombie

Okay, so, things were weird in November, right? As such, I didn’t share all of my Halloween week photoshoots here! Luckily I believe in celebrating Halloween all year long (with a short break for Christmas) so this isn’t an inappropriate post for the middle of February at all.

Since I was shooting and editing and sharing the photos in real time (on my instagram!), as well as actually doing most of the things I photographed, the edits are pretty sloppy but I’m not bothered, in fact, I’m really happy with how this all turned out.

a day in the life: zombie

a day in the life: zombie

a day in the life: zombie

a day in the life: zombie

a day in the life: zombie

Continue reading Halloween 2016: A Day in The Life of a Zombie

NaNoWriMo 2016: Day 2

307. Thankful for the view

I have trouble getting started when things are unfinished. Last year I didn’t even start my NaNoWriMo until November 2 because I wanted to clean up all of the Halloween messes and give myself a fresh house to maybe… kind of… ignore for a month.

I got up, opened all the curtains and the front door (opening the front door makes me feel less alone when I’m… alone, I don’t know why, I can hear people talking outside sometimes, watch people walking their dogs, it’s pleasant, I guess.) There was Halloween vomited all over the porch, saying, “Are you going to have time to take me down the next few days? Are you going to feel up to it?” My uterus is a ticking time bomb and my porch and front yard were absolutely covered in string lights and plastic bones. I felt like yesterday morning might be my last chance to take Halloween down for a week, so after a failed attempt to start writing I pulled the tubs out of the garage, fired up some Murder She Wrote on my ipad and patiently untangled all the lights and spooky fabric. It only took about an hour, which is amazing because it took four to get it all put up. Untitled
I really feel so much calmer if I do some kind of chore before I start writing, but I also love to get writing out of the way first thing in the morning. Writing this blog post every day is definitely like a warm-up writing session for me, though, kind of like a chore that helps me get going. Outside of November, I do yoga before I do anything else, but I would love to start doing yoga right after I write. I’m not quite there yet. Yesterday I managed to go do a few stretches after I finished my longest writing session, but it wasn’t enough. I didn’t feel that post-writing yoga relief I was going for. Something to work on.

I made this tweet (and feel free to comment prompts here,  too, I’ll share how I used them in my next post!) and got started with a prompt from @nanowordsprints. A few years ago I wrote a NaNoWriMo novel called Pleasing The Stranger where I used lots of prompts every day and let my novel go wherever they led it. Eventually the novel did that thing it always does where it takes off in some direction and you really can’t control it anymore, but I tried to use as many prompts as possible and it was a fun way to do it. Since I really have nothing this year (no plot has presented itself yet) I’m casually seeing where prompts take me again.

Over four 5-30 minute writing sessions yesterday I got 1,686 words.


3776 / 50000 words. 8% done!

Halloween Photo Week, 2016: Wizardy Witch

I did 3 costumes shoots this year, scaling back from my usual 5, but a couple of them were pretty involved.

First up is some kind of Wizardy Witch

I went down to our basement, where I usually shoot my Halloween photos, and found it thoroughly infested with wasps. I’m allergic, last I checked, and my mom is so allergic she carries an epi-pen . I haven’t been stung by a wasp in 20 years and I’m not really afraid of them, they didn’t seem that bothered by me, but I decided it wasn’t worth dying for a few good pictures.

So I had to relocate my shoot to this slightly overgrown back garden area that is really exposed to the neighborhood. Sheepish about doing this thing I do in public, especially since I tend to dramatically overact when I shoot my Halloween photos. I had to keep crouched down to keep houses and alleyway out of the frame, but I’m happy with the concept. My original idea was a witch doing magic in the woods, so the greenery helped with that. I would love to visit some bug-free forest and do something truly magical with this amazing dress.






298. Measure










March – #CY365 – Week 10

64. celebrate
64. celebrate
65. in the morning
65. in the morning
66. ordinary/self portrait
66. ordinary/self portrait
67. In the mirror
67. in the mirror
68. wearing a favorite
68. wearing a favorite
69. what i eat.
69. what i eat.
70. what i'm reading
70. what i’m reading

Halloween, 2015

I just packed up the last of the Halloween stuff and remembered I didn’t share these photos here!

pumpkin cupcakes
pumpkin cupcakes
On Friday I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. They’re my favorite!

That evening Shaun and I carved Pumpkins.


Day 38 Our jacks! Mine on the left, Shaun's on the right. #pumpkins #halloween #jackolantern #100HappyDays

On Halloween we put the final touches on our porch decor.

<3: 41

My mom came over to sit on the porch with us while we handed out candy to 160 trick or treaters!




Halloween Photo Week, 2015

I did 3 Halloween costume looks this year!

Morticia Addams:



Lydia Deetz:

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lydia deetz

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lydia deetz

lydia deetz





Previous Halloween Photo Week posts here on Writing the Ridiculous.

#HalloweenPhotoWeek on instagram. (Currently all by me! but I recognize that could change someday.)